Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Yet another side effect of stress I have learned...

So we all know that stress causes insomnia and anxiety and exhaustion and pain.

I learned a new one yesterday - it also causes your stomach to almost completely stop making the digestive acids that break down the food you consume and in turn, causes halitosis (rancid breath!), constipation and diarrhea. Lovely!

I won't admit to how many of these particular symptoms I have suffered from in the past, but it certainly reveals some things! Here's how to fix it:

A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before meals - its burns going down, take it like a shot of tequila - to increase the digestive acid and promote healthy digestion
A glass of diluted lemon juice before bed to help increase nighttime digestion and reduce the gasses that build up in your intestines while you sleep
A complete colon cleanse - be sure you can stay home for about 36 hours if you decide to do this
Garlic (odorless garlic tablets, such as the homeopathic ones that reduce cholesterol)
Drink plenty of water to help wash your guts out!

And those are just a few things that can help get rid of nasty breath and other little digestion problems.

Oh, and if you are a habitual yogurt eater - as I am - you need to let up a little bit. Turns out that it coats the lining of your stomach and reduces that acid even more. Yikes!

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